After Gu Tingchuan’s returned to the crew of Farewell to Moonlight, everything progressed smoothly.
Even Su Congwen, the once proud and arrogant man, now behaved like a man with his tail between his legs.
Gu Tingchuan’s trauma took about a week to heal. The sprain remained only a little sore, and the soft tissue contusion near the ribs was slowly recovering. In this way, he returned to the shooting site and maintained a high intensity workload.
Luckily, because most of the scenes were shot smoothly, his chances of injury also plummeted.
As the weather warmed up day by day, Gu Tingchuan’s filming also came to an end, and Yi Ran became more and more comfortable with her teaching job.
During this time, in addition to the WeChat and video chatting, she would sometimes travel long distances to visit him. However, even if she went to the scene, Director Gu still spent most of his time working overtime.
Before he officially returned home, the man asked over the phone if she wanted to participate in an internal preview of the movie. Although Yi Ran didn’t understand the nature of the event, she still obediently agreed.
Director Gu’s private screening room was located in the Jiaye building. Every time the first edition of the film was cut, he will invite company directors, several investors, and some important people to come and watch the movie and discuss the amendments.
Gu Tingchuan sent a car to pick her up her. When she arrived downstairs, it was about seven o’clock in the evening. As the elevator continued to climb, the night scene of the entire city came into view. A splendid night was composed of clusters of lights on the roadside trees. Hanging lanterns and the warm halo of stars made time seem both subtle and slow.
She was planning to call her husband but saw that Lu Shan and two other staff were chatting in front of the door. Director Lu had stayed really busy with the crew for a while and now he looked more thin and a bit more tanned.
“Is Director Gu in there?”
“Yes, today he is leading and may be busy.”
Every time Mrs. Gu came to visit, she would also bring some benefits to Lu Shan and so the two of them gradually became familiar with each other. Yi Ran smiled and asked, “Will you being watching the preview also?”
“I won’t go in since this is for VIP only,” Lu Shan said and made a “please” gesture for her to enter. Then he instructed the staff nearby, “Give Mrs. Gu something to drink. Would you like to drink something hot or cold?”
Yi Ran thought for a bit. “I’ll take a cup of coffee.”
The screening room was not wide and the light was dim, but it was very private and comfortable.
“My wife is here,” Gu Tingchuan whispered to the company’s directors. Then, he walked to Yi Ran and reached out to gently wrap one arm around her shoulder. There was only a slight gap between the two, which made them look very intimate. He then made some courtesy introductions.
Yi Ran had already met some people while others were new. He introduced her to others, but also made sure not to force her to do too much socializing.
After a while, Gu Tingchuan noticed the man who came in through the door. He lowered his eyes and smiled at his wife. “You should have heard of him before.”
Looking up in surprise, she followed his gaze and looked at the man by the door. Despite the lack of light, she could still see a good-looking young man entering from outside.
“He’s the Bo Yan I told you about last time, regarding voicing Peng Shaohui’s character.”
After listening to Director Gu’s introduction, her face immediately showed a look of surprise. She had paid attention to Bo Yan’s great works for several years now. However, she never knew his true identity nor had she even seen his actual appearance. Who would have thought that such a man with such a good voice would also look so good!
He was really worthy of being a blood relative with the male god He Yang…
The man smiled at Mrs. Gu and nodded to the bosses who seemed to know him. Then he turned his attention to Gu Tingchuan and said quietly, “Good evening, Director Gu, Mrs. Gu. ”
His voice was as clear and mellow, just like the strings of a musical instrument. The low tone was very melodious. When Yi Ran heard his voice in real life, she was awestruck and her brain blanked for a moment, delaying her response.
Finally, she calmed down and said, “Bo Yan, hello. I’m actually…I’m also your little fan.”
Gu Tingchuan’s eyes deepened, and he looked at her with a smile. “How familiar these words are. I seem to have heard them somewhere. ”
Yi Ran was contrite, and she immediately pulled his sleeves obediently. When she first met Gu Tingchuan, she did say something similar to him…
The other party did not know what kind of inside joke they were playing at so he merely smiled slightly. His appearance was as clear as a mountain landscape, seeming to shine like a pool of moonlight outside, which was very charming.
“My name is Sui Jinzhi. It is my honor to meet Mrs. Gu.”
Sui Jinzhi’s voice was inherently excellent. As a well-known god in the two-dimensional world , his voice was top-notch and easily recognizable. As a result, he had long been famous on the internet. Many businesses had contacted him to work with them but he would, more often than not, reject them.
Yi Ran couldn’t stop hearing this voice, which made her absentminded. Gu Tingchuan stood beside her and said calmly to Sui Jinzhi, “It’s hard on you. You’re usually busy with work and now have to rush in for this preview meeting.”
“Aren’t you in the same situation? Besides, Director Gu’s films are hard-to-find good works. I’m proud to be a part of your team.”
Su Jinzhi, like Director Gu, had always been very efficient, so their past cooperation had also been very enjoyable.
After chatting for a while, Gu Tingchuan saw that it was almost time and called for the staff to prepare for the premiere to begin.
All the lights in the projection room dimmed and the big screen flickered on. Yi Ran sat in the first row on Gu Tingchuan’s right-hand side. The better viewing position was reserved for those older generations.
She secretly raised her eyes to look at the man next to her. Her sight fell on his sharp jawline and the tip of his handsome nose, before rising up slightly to look at his bright and deep eyes
The soft sound of his breathing lingered not far from her, and she thought to herself that this was the best sound.
Suddenly, the man calmly stretched out his hand and held her hand gently. The touch was hot and familiar, and she felt shy but still held his hand back in this dark projection room. Then, they began to watch Director Gu’s new work, Farewell to Moonlight.
This was a simple and heartwarming story that explored the gaps between ideals and reality. The ending was actually very different from Gu Tingchuan’s previous films. Nearly everyone in this film got what they wanted. The only exception was Peng Shaohui’s character. He was the brightest touch of color in the whole drama and always warmed the hearts of the people around him. However, in the end, his ambition was not realized.
The cause of this character’s death was actually rather ridiculous. He was hiding in the underbrush, rushed out, tripped, fell into the river, and drowned. This sort of carelessness usually happens all the time and would ordinarily be ridiculously funny if not for it’s tragic ending. Moreover, when inserted into the plot, it became the worst point in the movie.
Even if the audience did not shed tears on the points of love and reunion, they would not be able to help but sigh over the impermanence of life once they’d viewed the river edge scattering the students’ flowers.
Not to mention, there was also Sui Jinzhi’s voice dubbing, which added the finishing touch.
As a non-professional voice actor, Male God Sui had shown more professional voice acting skills than even professional. The ability to deal with the character’s emotional conflicts was impeccable, and his portrayal also gave the character more depths.
Yi Ran was an elementary school teacher so her feelings on this subject was particularly deep. She dared not say that she had devoted her life to teaching as deeply as those teachers in the movie, but she had also seen many similar individuals around her, fighting alone for their own ideals and goals.
Sometimes, they would also be weak and weep, but even if a person was crying at home with tears in their eyes, in the face of life’s difficulties, they will still be like towering giant trees that will not fall. The many storms will not bring them down for they were always proud and fearless.
Despite the turbulent emotions coursing through Yi Ran’s heart, she still sat calmly, waiting for the credits to roll.
However, toward the end of the show, before the credits, a few words appeared in the center of the dark screen. They seemed to wrap up the film concisely, but the script made her feel a subtle familiarity.
“Let’s have a lifetime of love.”
The words appeared, disappeared, and changed into:
“Then life will become a journey that you and I will never forget.”
After three seconds of darkness, the credits began to roll.
Yi Ran didn’t know why but when she saw those words, her chest tightened suddenly. The wrenching ache was not due to anxiety or panic. Truthfully, she didn’t fully understand what she was so nervous about. Therefore, she could only pinch her hands in order to maintain her calm facade.
Gu Tingchuan looked at her and asked, “What’s wrong?”
“What is the purpose of these two sentences?”
He looked at her quietly for a moment, raised his hand and caressed her cheek. Then, he blinked and focused on meeting her gaze, “This is my selfishness. I not only wanted to depict the view of the whole show, but also to represent my thoughts.”
Without this woman in front of him, he would not be able to complete the filming for this movie, nor would this movie have even existed.
In fact, she was the moonlight in his life.
It was only because she was with him that he became brave enough to overcome his shadows and be reborn.
Yi Ran, in this journey called life, I also hope that you and I will travel it smoothly together.
Yi Ran didn’t respond for a few seconds. Then, she could no longer hold back. She covered her eyes and burst into tears.
She hadn’t expected such an answer, and she never imagined that, one day, someone would confess to her at the end of a movie.
Gu Tingchuan leaned down and hugged her gently, not caring about the company leaders and friends sitting in the movie theater.
The gradually brightening light illuminated the top of their heads, casting a faint shadow not far away and hiding his intentions.